Every holiday comes with specialty baked goods unique to that holiday. Last night our class made Greek Easter Bread, Hot Cross Buns, and Easter Egg Nests.
Holiday Sweet Dough
Yield: 2 pounds dough
4 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
2 tsps mixed spices (cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc), optional
2 ¼ teaspoons yeast (1 packet)
¾ cup water
¼ cup oil
colored eggs, optional
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 cup (approx) confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon water
¼ teaspoon extract
1. Add ingredients to your breadmachine in the order listed on your appliance; use dough cycle.
2. When done, turn dough onto lightly floured surface and scale into 2 ounce pieces for hot cross buns, 1 pound for Greek Easter Bread, 6 ounces for egg nest. Shape dough according to preferred bread. Proof until doubled in size.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until a medium golden brown. Cool before icing.
5. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with the confectioners’ sugar, water, and extract. Adjust until the icing is stiff enough to hold its shape
Home-Based Baking at its Best! Whenever possible, in making new or holiday products, tweak your own recipes.